New Thor Trailer

23 04 2013

Aaaaannnnnnnd the trailer’s keep on coming.Here’s the new one for Thor.

New Man Of Steel Trailer

17 04 2013

This looks all kinds of good.


9 04 2013

Here’s a reprint of my review of the ace Lie Ins record that ran in Hot Press a few issues ago. Check out the album here



Death To Lie Ins (Self-Released)

Three and a half stars

Key Track: ‘I Hide My Love In Evening Time’


Master-minded by Popical Island men Mike and Ruan, Death To Lie Ins is the debut album from the duo under the Lie Ins guise and for the most part it’s a bright, breezy and much-needed injection of sonic sunshine which serves as a perfect antidote for those of you suffering from a dose of the (seemingly never-ending) winter grumps (which is pretty much all of you, obviously). Unashamedly twee and featuring 11 songs with a lo-fi, live feel, the release adopts a “don’t bore us, get to the chorus” approach and it’ll have you singing along after your first spin.

Indebted to the likes of Violent Femmes, Elvis Costello and Tyrannosaurus Rex-era Marc Bolan (the break-neck, boogie-tinged tour de force that is ‘Universal Truth’ in particular has a high-pitched whooping chorus which sounds just like the dearly departed musician’s early work) Lie Ins’ album is all about the good times and great melodies. However, as much fun as the shuffling ‘Vegetarian Girls,’ and space-y, stomping ‘The Low Men’ are, the more measured, almost maudlin ‘I Hide My Love In Evening Time’ is the undeniable stand-out.

Featuring a beautiful flute arrangement that calls to mind that wonderfully wistful theme tune for Robin and Rosie Of Cockleshell Bay and a vocal performance that is endearingly awkward, the song is an under-stated classic in waiting.



8 04 2013

Yes kids-it’s back! Here’s the first announcement for Tennent’s Vital 2013. Will update with more details over the next few hours. See you down the front.


Kings of Leon will headline Tennent’s Vital on Wednesday 14th AugustTennent’s Lager & MCD are thrilled to reveal. The Southern rockers are the first act to be announced for the 2013 festival, which returns to Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast this August, with details of the second date and more exciting line-up news set to be unveiled by organisers next month.
After a two year hiatus, Kings of Leon are back and ready to make their long awaited live return to Europe this summer. The band posted images of their return to the studio on their official Facebook page last week, fuelling excitement amongst fans, with anticipation for details of their 6th album rapidly growing.
The Followills made a big impression when they burst onto the scene in 2003 with their debut releaseYouth & Young Manhood. Since then, they’ve sold out arenas across the globe and cemented their status as one of the world’s biggest and most in-demand rock bands. The band have a slew of number 1 platinum selling records under their belt plus an array of accolades including BRIT Awards for Best International Band and Best International Album (Only By the Night) plus Grammys including the prestigious Record of the Year (Use Somebody) as well as Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Their epic, soaring anthems and incredible energy make them one of the greatest live acts on the planet, and their return to Belfast is sure to be the hottest ticket of the summer. Cue mass singalongs at Boucher Road Playing Fields.
Nicola McCleery, Head of Marketing for Tennent’s NI, comments:
“We are thrilled to reveal the first details of Tennent’s Vital 2013. We’re incredibly excited that Kings of Leon will be taking to the stage at the festival this August, as we’re sure our fans will be. They’re one of the finest bands in the world and a phenomenal live act, and I’m sure they’ll treat us to an unmissable set. Since its return in 2011, Tennent’s Vital has sealed its place as the highlight of Northern Ireland’s music calendar and we’re delighted that our partners at MCD have secured another huge international act for this summer. We’ll have more news on the rest of the line up next month with many more top acts in store – details will be revealed very soon!”
Tennent’s Vital 2012 saw the likes of the Foo Fighters, The Stone Roses, The Black Keys and Florence and the Machine play to 60,000 music fans at Boucher Road Playing Fields, and this year’s event will once again bring some of the best musical talent on the planet to Belfast for an unforgettable festival experience.
Fans can get their hands on tickets for Wednesday 14th August, headlined by Kings of Leon, when they go on sale this Friday (12th April) at 9am from Fans of Tennent’s Vital on Facebook can get exclusive priority access to the Tennent’s Vital pre-sale from 9am on Tuesday 9thApril – join to find out how to reserve your ticket before they go on sale to the general public.
Ticket Information
Tickets for Day 1 of Tennent’s Vital 2013 (Wednesday 14th August) will go on general sale from 9am on Friday, priced as follows:
·         Wed 14 August – Kings of Leon plus more to be announced: £49.50 incl booking fee.
·         Tickets can be secured via Tennent’s Vital’s official ticket partner 
·         Tickets are also available in person from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide or via the 24hr Telephone hotlines: (NI & UK) 0844 8472455/ (ROI) 0818 719 300.
Tennent’s Vital is an over 16’s event.  However, a parent aged 25 and over can take up to two under 16’s to the show.  Parents will be required to show age identification and sign a consent form in order to gain admission on the day. Under 16’s must be accompanied by their parent at all times. Bars will operate a strict Challenge 25 policy.


8 04 2013

This morning I woke up to the exceedingly ace news that Black Sabbath are playing at the Odyssey, Belfast on December 12 so it’s only right to resurrect this video.


4 04 2013

Yes, this doesn’t really suit the general theme of Blogging A Dead Horse, but fuck it. I found it funny.

Free Comic Book Day Cometh

2 04 2013

Here’s a wee video from the legend that is Tom Jane promoting the impending Free Comic Book Day.


1 04 2013

Here’s a reprint of my Primal Scream review that’s in this fortnight’s Hot Press (as well as on the web).



As Derry’s year-long City of Culture celebrations continue to gather pace, it’s perhaps not surprising that organisers opted to ask Primal Scream (AKA one of the greatest party bands on the planet) to help end March with a bang. No stranger to the odd hootenanny or three myself, your humble Hot Press reviewer has made the trip up to the north-west too and as soon as I step inside the newly erected Venue (which is a cool, igloo-like structure that resembles the Iceberg Lounge in Gotham City) there’s a palpable sense of excitement among the thousands in attendance. Of course, who can blame them as this evening we’re getting to see something special as the band are set to air at least a handful of exclusive cuts from their as yet unreleased David Holmes produced tenth album More Light.

Shambling onstage at the stroke of half nine (being punctual can be roll ‘n’ roll too, kids) frontman Bobby Gillespie greets us all in his own imitable fashion (“Let’s fuckin’ have it!”) before starting things off with the brand new ‘2013’ and it’s an absolute belter. Sounding a little like Quadrophenia-era Who, the song features some ace E Street-band-esque sax and it’s a soul-infused, space rock classic in the making. The beat-heavy ‘Swastika Eyes’ and the “are they playing this already?” ‘Movin’ On Up’ keep things cooking nicely and the band are clearly keen to kick off the latest album campaign in style.

As fun as it is hearing songs from the now iconic Screamadelica, personally this writer is more intrigued by what they’re currently doing with producer David Holmes and while the epic newie ‘Relativity’ won’t break the music world in half, their up-coming single ‘It’s OK, It’s Aright’ could very well be one of the biggest tracks in their career. A swaggering, rock ‘n roll number which comes complete with a Ronnie Lane-robbing “oooh la la” refrain, Bobby looks suitably chuffed with himself after they finish it, and quite rightly too. “That’s a stone cold classic that could make a blind man see and a dead man walk,” he declares cockily, before treating us to another tune off More Light called ‘Culturecide.’

Dedicated to Holmes, who warmed the crowd up earlier with a DJ set, the track is a dense, typically bug-eyed effort from Primal Scream that’s heavy with hip hop and Blaxploitation influences and it’s a dark number that confuses the crowd a little. Ever the canny frontman though, the singer lifts things with the gospel-tinged ‘Come Together’ and the cow punk favourite ‘Country Girl,’ while repeating the phrase “ ‘MONNN DURRRRRRRRAY” ad infinitum (which for those of you who aren’t fluent in Bobby Gillespie, roughly translates to “let’s all have a wonderful time, Derry”) and before we know it, it’s all over.

But not before we hear an encore filled with Scream classics like ‘Loaded,’ ‘Jailbird’ and ‘Rocks’ to send the faithful home happy and they’re a hat trick of songs which prove that the band did much more than take a boatload of drugs over their 30 year existence. In fact, contrary to most acts, Bobby and the boys (and lady bassist) only seem to get better with age and judging by what we’ve heard tonight, album number ten will be up there with their best.